About the PlayStation 4 console
PlayStation 4 Hardware, a new approach
In designing the PS3, Sony spent over $1bn on R & D developing their own cell processor. As a result the console
when it went on sale in 2007 was very expensive. So expensive in fact that initially Sony made a loss on every box
that they sold. This time around Sony have taken an easier route and built the PS4 from off the shelf PC components.
It has a very fast AMD x86 processor, 8GB of RAM, a semi-custom AMD Radeon GPU and a 500GB hard drive.
From a hardware perspective it looks very much like a PC.
It's no surprise that Sony have taken some flak over this design decision. Critics have said that the PS4 is nothing more
than a top spec PC, a platform that is usually outdated in 6 months time. Sony in their defence have stated that the PS4 is
not just a piece of hardware. When you buy a PS4 you're buying into the whole 'tailored eco system' with its own original titles
and unique online services.
Much like Microsoft Smartglass, the PS4 can also interact with mobile devices like tablets and smartphones using the application simply named PlayStation App. However unlike Microsoft Sony have the PlayStation Vita handheld games machine. Having the Vita as a companion device is a far more useful proposition. If the developer so wished, the PS Vita can be used to play full PS4 games remotely.
The PS4 plays nicely with both iOS and Android devices. The integration is non as good as with the Vita, but these mobile devices can be used to
watch other gamer's live feeds, view in game maps and purchase games that are automatically downloaded to your console. Microsoft have some way to
to catch the PlayStation App with Smartglass.